June 12, 2011
Associate Communication Professor Vicki Mayer and Mike Griffith of the Innovative Learning Center will be fellows at the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Denver this summer. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the pair will work on digital archiving and GIS data visualization in order to expand the capabilities of mediaNOLA, a web portal for local histories of cultural production in New Orleans. The website is currently functional and includes over 100 histories of local theaters, music and social clubs, museums, sports venues, and more. You can visit mediaNOLA.org to use and give your feedback on expanding the site.
Mike will also present at the the New Media Consortium's summer conference. A description of his session Enunciating Space: Location Based Games, Michel de Certeau and Urban Local Authority follows:
Michel de Certeau, in his work on the rhetoric of walking, expresses interest in charting how the act of walking creates a “local authority.” Moving through space cannot be quantified with maps and graphs, and therefore stands in contrast to the totalizing language of urban spaces. Attendees will explore the relationship between location-based services, such as Foursquare and Groupon, and the rhetoric of urban space. Special attention will be placed on the concept of “play," which de Certeau qualifies as rewriting the intended use of a space for cultural interaction.
April 4, 2011
Technology Services has awesome employees (if we do say so ourselves). Congratulations to Randy Kitchens, Matt Dovie and Sheldon Jones on their recent accomplishments.
Last year's ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Technology found 98% computer ownership among undergraduates, with 88% of that being laptops. Given near ubiquity of student computer ownership and faced with increasing economic and environmental challenges, is the computer lab obsolete? Did the "mobile revolution" kill it? Randy Kitchens answered these questions and more in his presentation at the Educause West/Southwest Regional conference in February of this year. Read details about the session here. To see his presentation “Not Dead Yet! Is the University Computer Lab Still Relevant?” click here:
Matt Dovie passed the annual Apple Certified Mac Technician exam. Matt is our first on-site technician to complete this particular certification program which includes two separate tests - Hardware Support and Mac OS 10.6 Support.
Sheldon Jones will be giving a presentation on videography at New Orleans Tech's Teen Tech Day this Saturday April 9. http://neworleanstech.net/teen-tech-speakers/
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